2013 has its first FO! I was hoping to squeak it into the end of 2012, but didn’t quite manage it.
I present to you, the Men’s Ski Hat:
It started with a random purchase of three balls of Jamieson’s Shetland Aran and the search for a suitable hat pattern (three balls to try and make matching mitts post-hat). Trev doesn’t like “busy” hats. Sometimes he’ll ask for a hat that contains stripes, or cables and then decides that he doesn’t like how it looks on him and gets all funny about wearing it.
So hunting down a suitable pattern that WASN’T PLAIN took some time. He must have browsed the whole of the hat section on Ravelry at least twice and eventually found the Men’s Ski Hat.
It’s not without it’s problems – the worsted weight yarn used seems to be more of a DK weight than an Aran weight, so a lot of people have found that the hat comes out way too large. Most people as a result have then made mods, which I shamelessly stole:
- Cast on 112 stitches instead of 128. (It’s a 16-stitch pattern.)
- Rib for 1.00” at the bottom, not 1.25.
- Skip rows 32-33.
- Skip rows 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 of the crown shaping.
Worked a treat!
Ironically, it turns out that this isn’t the first time I’ve started a year with a hat for Trev.
At the start of 2012, he got a nice simple hat – a plain Turn A Square:
He still wears this hat! This is the only non-plain hat to date that I still see him wear.
At the start of 2010 he got a nice slouchy, chunky beanie!
He didn’t wear this one. But mostly because I stole it. It was very warm!
Very strange that my years tend to start this way. But at the same time it’s becoming a nice tradition! I’ll have to plan a special hat for the start of 2014, so I can turn this into a proper THING!